How to check out ports

Michael Gmelin freebsd at
Tue Oct 2 21:28:18 UTC 2012

On Tue, 02 Oct 2012 14:14:26 -0500
Paul Schmehl <pschmehl_lists at> wrote:

> --On October 2, 2012 2:44:46 PM -0400 Eitan Adler
> <lists at> wrote:
> > On 2 October 2012 14:37, Paul Schmehl <pschmehl_lists at>
> > wrote:
> >> I obviously wasn't very clear.  I'm a port maintainer.  I need to
> >> update one of my ports.  I used to do this by checking out the
> >> port into a purpose-created directory in which I would use cvs to
> >> make changes and test. After everything checked out, I would
> >> submit the diff.
> >
> > We need to be better about announcing these changes as not to
> > frustrate maintainers. :)
> >
> >> Now cvs isn't working, so how, as a port maintainer, do I check
> >> out a single port so I can update it and submit it in a PR?
> >
> > You should do things the same way you did before, but instead you
> > should use svn to checkout out your port. Note that 'module names'
> > no longer work so you must use the full name:
> > e..g., svn checkout svn://
> >
> > It may help to keep a folder of "ports-I-maintain" with the ports
> > you maintain checked out. Before you update them do "svn update *"
> > and to generate a diff do "svn diff foldername"
> I got on the wiki and figured out how to check ou the port using svn,
> but now I'm stuck again.  This port has moved to github, and I don't
> have a clue how to download it in the Makefile.  There's no mention
> of github in /usr/ports/Mk, so I assume the method hasn't even been
> written yet. The source is here:
> <>, but I don't see a tarball,
> and I don't know enough about ports to know if it's even possible to
> fetch it from github.

Hi Paul,

What about using the ZIP

(this will give you the current master branch in a ZIP file)

or a tarball

If you want to keep things more stable (since the master branch might
change frequently and break your build), limit yourself to a specific
version. Fortunately this software is using tags for versioning, so
it's easy to get zips from github, e.g.:

or if you prefer a tarball (which is usually nicer to have)

Github provides tarballs (and zipballs) for all branches and tags.

See also:

Hope that helps

Michael Gmelin

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